The true story of a woman by the name of Qamar who was the ‘last Jew in Beirut’ and the protection given to her and her relatives by the Kurdish family of Jamīl and Amīnah Milhou in the historic Jewish quarter of Wādī Abū Jamīl centred around the Sinnou Building, during the first desperate years of the Lebanese Civil War (1975–77). Eventually attracting international press coverage and the attention of PLO Chairman Yāssir ‘Arafāt due to an article in the Lebanese daily al-Nahār which mistakenly identified the males of the Milhou family as PLO fighters, the story of Qamar and her protectors came to symbolize noble humanity in an inhumane war. The account is based on an interview with Fayṣal Milhou.
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Said Aburish; The last Jew in Beirut. Contemporary Arab Affairs 1 January 2009; 2 (1): 162–167. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/17550910802576221
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